Independent Dance’s programme of classes enables a wide range of practices, ideas and approaches to be transmitted and developed through artists’ exchange on a daily basis. Classes are led by artists with an expanded notion of what dance can be; a reciprocal, un-fixed and questioning approach is key to the overall ethos of ID’s programme. It includes artists based across the UK, many of international renown. With each week led by a different artist, the programme is rich and varied. We continually welcome new artists to teach class; please get in touch if you would like to have a conversation around this.
The programme provide a continuity of provision for professionals and an opportunity for non-professionals to engage with the practices and ideas of leading artists from across the UK. As such, the class programme is a core part of the dance ecology.
ID’s programme is open to disabled and non-disabled practitioners. Our work is not based on a normative view of the human body, and we strive at all times to create a context where artists with disabilities work as equal participants. We learn about this continually from the artists with whom we work.
Due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, our building-based programme at Siobhan Davies Studios is suspended. Instead, ID is offering creative practice sessions led by the artists programmed for Morning Class, through ID ONLINE; registration for these sessions is required week by week, through our Eventbrite page. We regret that our Monday night improvisation classes are currently cancelled until further notice.
Summer 2020 programme:
27 Apr – 1 May Eve Stainton
4 – 7 May Samir Kennedy
11 – 15 May Alexandrina Hemsley
18 – 22 May Joe Moran
26 – 29 May Luke Birch
01 – 05 Jun Susanna Recchia
08 – 12 Jun Stefan Jovanovic
15 – 19 Jun Mary Pearson
22 – 26 Jun Gaby Agis
29 Jun – 3 Jul Sherwood Chen
About the classes
Our programme aims to go beyond the maintenance of physical condition and technical skill, to promote mindful and efficient practice and to embrace a holistic approach to participants’ ongoing development as artists.
This philosophy extends beyond training into the wider spheres of interaction, collaboration and innovative approaches to the management of portfolio careers as performers, teachers, viewers and creators of work.